by Anneke Bon Growing up in the eighties, my Christmas recollections are split into two separate memories. The first is a soft focus memory, featuring scenes from Saturday morning cartoon Christmas specials, energizer bunny promises of toys that will run forever and that damned my little pony castle I wanted so much but never got. … Continue reading Stockings on the Staircase
by MK Martin There are one or two mentions of Pagan solstice festivals in the facebook feed these days. Midwinter is a 'trend', and did you know that Santa was really tripping on mushrooms? But one I've never heard of, until I went looking, is Yalda. I'll only give some brief details, as it's worth … Continue reading Yalda: Midwinter in Iran
This time of year is quiet and sacred for me, and is usually a time of reflection by the fireside while snow falls softly over the forest nearby. Ancestors are honoured, and so the foods I make for this dinner honour them, in my own way.
It's on evenings such as this one that I appreciate a warm drink to wrap my hands around and sip, as it feels cold enough outside that the stars themselves may crack and shatter.
by MK Martin Have you ever read the Nutcracker? It's a stunning book, illustrated by Toller Cranston who, if you've never been into figure skating, was a prominent athlete in the sport. Do yourself a favor and search for him on Youtube. Preferably in his canary suit. There's also a lovely version illustrated by Maurice … Continue reading Books to Celebrate
by MK Martin I'm going to mention the Grinch again, because it really is a story that laid the path for my life. I used to wish he would come and steal Christmas where I was, and everywhere, so we would all have to go outside and hold hands and sing. He never did, though … Continue reading What To Give
Whether the people on your list are seasoned gardeners and herbalists or just learning the basics, we've got you covered. Here is a list of favourite books, recommended by our contributors, friends, neighbours, family members, and local farmers.
by C.E. Young I come from a family of makers, which isn’t surprising. I grew up poor. When you’re poor, making things is what you do. Year-round, if we couldn’t buy it we made it, but wintertime always had extra weight to it, likely because need is heightened. There were 6 kids in the family, … Continue reading The Odds and Ends
by Pamela Capriotti Martin Simple pleasures. Family, friends, graciousness; sharing and caring for others. The Danish word “hygge” has become part of our vocabulary recently, and this year, it was pretty much the guide I used as I bought my Christmas gifts. It isn’t about the expense. It isn’t about technology or hype. It’s about … Continue reading Have Yourself a Hygge Little Christmas
by Sally Kerr-Dineen Panforte is cross between nougat and fruitcake, a bread and a candy. I think this is one of the Christmassiest desserts ever. For me it's the aroma that wafts around the kitchen when it's baking. There's nothing to be intimidated by, it's not tricky to make just a bit sticky to make. The … Continue reading All I Want for Christmas is a Panforte